You know, I actually enjoyed Escape Plan 1. It wasn’t a work of art but for a brainless two hours, it was okay. At least it had the novelty of Stallone and Arnie in it.
But Chinese-funded Escape Plan 2: Hades, sinks to a new low. They basically took Stallone’s name and plonked it into a shell of a movie that shares the first two words of the title.
The CG was a joke. The story was a mess. And the acting was just lots of frowning and sweating closeups of the Chinese leads, one of whom is Angelababy’s husband.
Without Arnie, and with Stallone playing almost a cameo role, we are stuck with Angelababy’s Husband as a member of Stallone’s team stuck in an ever-changing high-tech prison.
The Chinese leads are prisoners in the “high-tech” prison where prisoners fight for time in the “sanctuary”. At one point, the lead actor starts a fight and all the prisoners are “zapped”. There is a cheapo “lightning” effect and the cameraman actually shakes to make it look like the prisoners are being electrocuted.
That made me laugh out loud.
It’s a movie that you should not even try to watch for free on your illegal China Android TV box because you can’t get your money back from the producers to pay you for your wasted time, like an oBike deposit.
Instead of calling it Escape Plan: Hades, they should have called it Escape Plan: What the Hell.
You will wish you had an Escape Plan if you watch this sequel. Tellingly, it went straight to VOD in the US. I think it should go straight into the VCD discount bin.